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Spraying Fruit Trees? Reduce Pesticide Spray Drift With These Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Minimize Pesticide Spray Drift With These Tips  

Pest damage is perhaps the most pressing concern among fruit growers and effective control measures can be difficult to determine. While many great pesticide products are available, getting the maximumPesticideS pray Drift value from each one poses a challenge because of spray drift. Spray drift occurs when pesticide product spreads from the site of initial application. Drift can cause pesticides to land on sites that do not require application and results in a diminished amount of product collecting on the affected site. Expensive pesticide products end up wasted and deliver spotty results, if any.

Three basic strategies should always be kept in mind:

Good strategies can minimize the drift associated with pesticide spraying. Novice and experienced fruit tree technicians will find these tips valuable.

Start With Great Training

Learning the correct way to use pesticide spray equipment is the first and perhaps most important strategy of all. Although spraying might look simple to do, knowing how to prepare the product, handle the equipment, and apply the spray dramatically effects the end result. Take the time to train all tree care team members in the correct use of pesticide products, spray tips, and other items. Newer backpack and handheld sprayer models in particular have many features that even experienced technicians may be unfamiliar with. Speaking with one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can be beneficial. 

Develop a Maintenance Plan and Stick to it

Spray equipment must be maintained in order to perform correctly. Most professionals conduct daily and annual maintenance checks of spray equipment. Determine what needs to be done before and after using spray equipment, and train associates in the correct procedures. Check out this blog post for more information about sprayer maintenance.

End-of-season and pre-season maintenance should also be conducted. Hoses, nozzles, gaskets, and seals may need to be replaced from time to time. Keep a supply of these common sprayer parts and accessories on hand to facilitate effective maintenance.

Monitor and Calibrate Equipment

Electronic monitoring equipment like flow meters can provide valuable data regarding sprayer operation. Pressure and other operational factors can contribute to pesticide drift; utilize data monitors to track equipment operation and identify patterns indicative of poor operation. From there, calibrate equipment to improve performance. This may need to be done more than once throughout the spraying season.

The Experts Are Here to Help

We specialize in sprayers of all kinds and our team is here to help you with every aspect of sprayer-related questions. With available same-day shipping, live customer support, and loads of product information, we aim to be your preferred source for sprayers and sprayer parts.

 

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Topics: Strainers, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, spray tips, parts, nozzles

3 Easy Tips to Plan for Sprayer Parts

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

In the middle of busy season, you can’t afford to waste time. Planning for extra parts ahead of time isSprayer_Depot_Customer_Testimonial.jpg a crucial step to keep your operation running smoothly all summer. Avoid unhappy customers, loss of revenue and unplanned expenses by having extra spray parts on hand.

Our team of knowledgeable Customer Service Technicians can help you get the parts you need FAST with a simple phone call, email or chat. For easy convenience, you can also place your order on our website; it's always available and easy to navigate, which helps to keep you going throughout the entire spraying season.

When you can't afford to wait for extra parts to arrive, it pays to be prepared. So, how can you plan for unexpected downtime? Follow these 3 steps to help you identify which parts are key to your business.

1) Make a List: List all of your spray equipment, sprayer parts, and accessories that are critical to your everyday tasks. This should include all sprayers, nozzles,tips, spray guns, hose, hose reel, truck or other transporting vehicle, and other components. A list is an easy way to identify key equipment.

2) Check Inventory: Go over your current stockpile and use your list from step 1 to verify that you have the appropriate spare parts on hand. A few common parts to always keep readily available include:
  1. Spray tips and nozzles
  2. Strainer
  3. Strainer gasket and seal
  4. Spray guns
  5. O-ring kit
  6. Spray hose
  7. Hose fittings
  8. Diaphragm repair kit
  9. Extra pump
3) Stock-up: Restock standard parts you know will eventually wear out. Consider this part of your spray equipment maintenance plan. Stocking up on spare parts can make all the difference when an issue arises. You will be glad when all it takes is a simple repair to keep you up and running.

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Which parts do you keep on hand for repairs? Tell us your answer in the comment box below. Looking for even more information on building your own "emergency kit"? Read our previous post for ideas!

Topics: Strainers, Sprayer Parts, sprayers, spray tips, parts, nozzles

Get Your Spray Equipment Ready For Spring With These Tips!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 23, 2016

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Spring is officially here, which means spray season is finally underway. Investing some time in your sprayer today will yield great results tomorrow. Before you head out to the field, we want to share a few tips that will help you improve the performance of your sprayer this season:

To Avoid Spray Drift

  1. Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution.
  2. Monitor the weather and check for wind speed and direction before you spray.
  3. When using herbicides and pesticides, you will often find the gallons per acre (GPA) and droplet size requirements listed on the label, so read it carefully.
  4. Set the correct boom height to ensure proper spray pattern and overlap.
  5. Invest in good drift control spray tips to help you improve efficacy. 
  6. Avoid spray drift by calibrating your sprayer at least once per season. 

To Maintain Your Sprayer

  1. Service spray equipment by following a timely schedule.
  2. Make sure to only use clean water when servicing your sprayer.
  3. Flush the spray pump after every use.
  4. Always flush the poly tank to ensure there is no sediment at the bottom. 
  5. If your sprayer is mounted on a truck or UTV, make sure to check the vehicle itself. 

To Decrease Downtime

  1. Put together an Emergency Kit that contains a few spare parts.
  2. Teach other applicators how to use the spray equipment properly. 
  3. Bookmark how-to guides and instructional repair videos for easy access when something breaks.
  4. Rely on Sprayer Depot if you need extra help!

Located in Florida? Our convenient retail showroom is a one-stop shop for all your spray equipment needs. We offer a full inventory just like on our website, and we also repair equipment, regardless of where you bought it! We have 3 service bays, which means plenty of space to accommodate just about any repair. Our Repair Technicians are ready to help 5 days a week. 

Don't hesitate to give us a call if you need help with a repair, or if you want to schedule a service appointment at our Orlando, FL retail location. Just call 800-228-0905.

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Topics: sprayers, spray tips, spray drift, Sprayer Spring Tune-up, nozzles

Customer Highlight Contest: Win a $50 Visa Gift Card and Be Featured on Our Blog

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Let’s face it, everyone loves getting something for free. So, who is ready to win a FREE $50 VISA gift card? If you are, we are excited to share our Customer Highlight Contest where THREE of our customers will not only win a free $50 Visa gift card but will also be featured on our blog! If you are wondering why would you want to be featured, the answer is simple: it is a great opportunity to create more FREE awareness for your business.

We want to reward our loyal customers by highlighting YOU, who have helped us become the industry source for spray equipment. 

Want to know how to enter for a chance to win? Simply follow these steps:

1. Take a picture of your sprayer or any spray equipment (including parts and accessories) purchased or repaired through Sprayer Depot.


2. Share it with us! There are three ways you can do this. You can head to our Facebook page and upload it using the contest form. You can also upload it to any of our social media channels and tag us using hashtag #EatSprayLove or if social media is not your cup of tea, simply email it directly to marketing@sprayerdepot.com

Yes, it really is that easy! Contest ends Friday, October 16th and winners will be announced and notified on Monday, October 19th. We understand time is a commodity and we want to make sure this is a smooth process so we will also email you 5 questions that you can reply to at your convenience. Your answers will be used on our Customer Highlight blog series which will run through the end of the year. The $50 Visa gift card will be sent through regular postal service after we receive your email confirmation. Read more about the rules and restrictions here

Ready to enter? Get creative and don't be shy, we want to see your spray equipment shine.

Good luck! 

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Topics: Kings Sprayer, Hoses, Hose Reel, spray equipment, Spray Guns, Sprayer Depot, sprayer, Customers, spraying, nozzles, customer base, giveaway, contest

July is Smart Irrigation Month

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jul 24, 2015

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Let’s be honest, how many of us really implement a water conservation strategy into our spraying program? Chances are, not that many. Fresh water is a precious commodity we are lucky to enjoy. Unfortunately, recent numbers show a severe increase in drought levels around the U.S.

Research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also shows that “45% of freshwater use is by industry, 42% by agriculture and 13% for domestic purposes.” Without getting too deep into the topic, we want to help spread the word that July is Smart Irrigation Month. This is an initiative launched in 2005 by the Irrigation Association (IA) to highlight the importance of water-use efficiency.

We think this is a great time to also remind you that small changes in your spraying habits can help conserve water and will help improve some of that bad reputation our industry sometimes gets. 

3 easy suggestions to help you reduce water consumption:

  • Make sure you are using the appropriate nozzle size for the type of application. This can decrease your water consumption by making sure that the drop size is appropriate and you are not overmisting, overspraying or overwetting. You also want to check that the nozzles are positioned correctly to ensure good coverage.
  • Check the hose, switch and tank of your sprayer for leaks. Believe or not, leaks are not always obvious and can go undetected for a while. Even if you haven’t noticed a performance change that would indicate a leak, it’s worth making sure that everything is working properly.
  • Establish a plan that helps you keep track of your spray equipment’s maintenance and remember to perform timely tune-ups to all sprayer parts. We recently featured a Sprayer Maintenance FAQs blog post that can help you get started with servicing your sprayer.

Head to the Irrigation Association's official website for the latest tools and resources to learn more about efficient water use. 

Join the initiative and tell us how you conserve water and reduce waste. If you have some helpful tips, share them in the comments below!

  

Topics: Spray Equipment Maintenance, sprayer, Spray Hose, smart irrigation, water conservation tips, Smart Irrigation Month, spray smarter, sustainability, Spray maintenance, nozzles

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